|Meetings total||494 (May 2017)|
|Most wins||Dundee United (148)|
The Tayside derby is a term referring to a football rivalry based in Tayside, Scotland. The matches are contested by the three professional clubs in the region: Dundee United, Dundee and St Johnstone.
In seasons where local derby matches were traditionally held on the same weekend, (including at New Year), the Dundee derby would take precedence if all three clubs were in the same league, and any uneven number of Tayside teams would lead to one usually playing Aberdeen, who had no closer rivals geographically.
Between them, the three clubs have won eleven major trophies (as well as finishing runners-up/beaten finalists 26 times across the three competitions), with St Johnstone's single Scottish Cup win in 2014 the most recent, but they are some way behind the Dundee clubs who have each won four cups and one national league championship.
In the season following their title wins, both clubs progressed to the semi-final stage of the European Cup (Dundee in 1962–63, United in 1983–84). Dundee also reached the semi-finals of the 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, while Dundee United were runners-up in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. St Johnstone have never made a major impact in European football.
All three clubs have endured spells in the lower divisions. Between them, they have won the second tier championship 14 times, and have lifted the minor Scottish Challenge Cup on four occasions up to 2017–18.
Dundee United vs St Johnstone
In 1991, the clubs met in the semi-final stage of the same tournament, Dundee United winning that match at East End Park to set up a final against Motherwell which they lost 4–3 after extra time.
Dundee vs St Johnstone
The two clubs met in the semi-final of the 1967–68 Scottish League Cup at Tannadice. Dundee won 3–1, but went on to lose the final to Celtic. At the Johnstone also lost out (in a replay) at the same stage of that season's Scottish Cup to eventual winners Dunfermline Athletic.
Prior to that, Dundee's greatest triumph – winning the 1961–62 Scottish Division One, the only league title in their history – also involved heartbreak for St Johnstone, as the Dark Blues, needing only a draw to secure the championship, won 3–0 at Muirton Park on the final day, a result which saw the home club relegated on goal average.
Saints gained some form of revenge many years later, with both teams in the second tier, when they won 1–0 at Dens Park to all but confirm their return to the top flight by winning the 2008–09 Scottish First Division (it was not mathematically certain at that point, although they eventually held a 10-point margin by the season's end).
Dundee United vs Dundee
The city rivals contested the 1980 Scottish League Cup Final, held at Dens Park after lots were drawn. United's 3–0 victory was one of the early signs of them becoming a force in Scottish football. Previously existing in Dundee's shadow, the team built by Jim McLean had won the previous edition of the League Cup too, also played at Dens (a replay after a draw at Hampden Park), achieving the same scoreline over Aberdeen, the country's other emerging power. Paul Sturrock was a scorer in both years. The two clubs' spell of success saw them dubbed the New Firm, challenging Glasgow's Old Firm.
Dundee United would win the league title in 1983, and once again it was Dens Park which was the scene of their victory, winning 2–1 over Dundee thanks to a memorable chipped goal from Ralph Milne to top the table by one point from Celtic and Aberdeen. They also came out on top 3–2 in the semi-final of the 1986–87 Scottish Cup between the teams played at Tynecastle Park, although lost the final to St Mirren.
Totals for three teams
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